Sri Lanka rope in Mickey Arthur as head coach
In good news for Sri Lanka, South African Mickey Arthur has been roped in as Sri Lanka’s head coach. He will be looking forward to a new challenge and will ply his trade for the national team for a period of two years, Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC) added in a statement.
The 51-year-old former first-class player has enough experience to boast his resume. He has already had an emphatic coaching career with teams like South Africa, Australia and Pakistan. Sri Lanka is expected to hit the peak performance in the form of good results under the tutelage of experienced coach Mckey Arthur.
Meanwhile, SLC recruited former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as a temporary coach in August after a dispute with head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who was criticized for Sri Lanka’s downfall at the group stage of the 50-over World Cup in England.
“We are very happy and pleased that we have been able to obtain the services of Mickey,” SLC secretary Mohan Silva told reporters. “He’s a well-known personality who has been the head coach of a number of countries.”
It has been learnt that Mickey Arthur was recently released from his short-term Twenty20 deal with New Zealand side Central Districts.
He coached Pakistan side in 2016 and helped the team to the 2017 Champions Trophy victory in the 50-over format and also helped the team to No.1 ranking in the world in both longest and shortest format of the game.
Nonetheless, Pakistan decided not to renew Arthur’s agreement after the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of this year’s 50-over World Cup in England. “It had been three very good years with Pakistan and I needed a little bit of time away. The Sri Lankan job became available and I started discussions. I looked at the talent that’s available and that’s the key motivating factor … to help these young players fulfill their potential,” Arthur said.
Interestingly, in his first assignment as Sri Lanka coach, Arthur will return to Pakistan this month for the two-match test series which is commencing on December 11.